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Formatting a drive is enough to prevent confidential data outflow?


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Recently, i bought a new external hard drive and now it's not working fine. Since last two days, it hangs whenever i try to store data. I tried several methods to make it healthy again but nothing worked for me. Now i finally decide to replace it and before sending it for replacement i formatted the drive to prevent confidential data outflow. Now i wanted to confirm is it safe now ?

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  • 2 months later...

Agreed with the top posters. Using TPM and a good hardware encryption like McAfee will definetly render your storage media unreadable by anyone without the cypher. Gov-grade 0 bit wiping is icing on the cake.


Of course, dunking it in bleach or Ammonia also works.....


Best of luck

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